Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais


Emil Nolde was one of the leading figures in Germany's Expressionism movement. But this marks the first time that his work is being honored with a retrospective in France. This exhibition gathers together some 90 paintings, including his multi-panel masterpiece "Das Leben Christi" (1911-1912), and around 70 watercolors, engravings and drawings.

Divided into 12 sections, the exhibition traces the different styles in Nolde's work and how it evolved from being influenced by the French Impressionists towards becoming increasingly expressionistic. The works include religious subjects, paintings depicting Berlin's lively nightlife scene prior to the First World War, and works executed in the South Pacific from 1913-1914 that reveal Nolde's study of Primitivism. However, the last decades of Nolde's life were miserable. Having joined Germany's National Socialist Party in 1934, he was publicly defamed and in 1941 was forbidden from painting by the Nazi regime. After moving to Seebüll near the Danish border, he continued painting clandestinely and produced around a thousand small watercolors, some of which are included in the show.



September 25, 2008, through January 19, 2009
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
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